An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.
This job requires substantial knowledge of ophthalmic practices and patient care, including the use and care of medical instruments. The ability to assess safety hazards and mitigate or eliminate potential risk to patients or colleagues is necessary. He or she also must have the ability to communicate effectively with patients, coworkers, and supervisors.
Some specific skills required of the ophthalmic technician are knowledge of contact lenses, knowledge of eye anatomy and eye diseases, the ability to effectively use equipment such as eye drops in a sterile manner, the ability to maintain confidentiality with all of their patients, and the ability to work with at least three patients per hour.
Minimum educational requirements generally include at least a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as certification and training. This technician must also be able to stand for long periods of time, communicate well over the phone, and write at a fast pace.
Ophthalmic Technician Tasks
- Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
- Record, review and verify patient information.
- Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
- Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.